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    What’s New for 2021

    New Construction/Capital Projects

    Sentry Curling Center for the Stevens Point Curling Club – The construction has been completed on the newest state-of-the-art curling facility in Wisconsin, which includes four sheets of ice for play. 2021 will be the first full year of use which was constructed in Plover. 

    Lake Pacawa Project - This iconic park located in Plover, continues to serve as a hub for the community. With the completion of the bandshell, development continues to transform the park. Phase 2 improvements focus on improving accessibility, with universally accessible playground and ADA beach improvements, along with a pavilion (with concessions and restrooms), kid-friendly splash pad, and walking trails - the new park is poised to be a popular local spot.    

    Green Circle Trail Trailhead Facility – The Green Circle Trailhead project will see its first year of use in 2021, with construction scheduled to be completed later this year. The trailhead will serve as a public gateway to the popular 27-mile Green Circle Trail. An estimated 125,000 people use the trail annually. The trailhead will feature a 50-person open-air shelter constructed of stone and timber, a fully insulated year-round restroom facility, and an overflow parking lot. The shelter will be dedicated in honor of Roy Menzel, one of the founders of the Green Circle. 

    SentryWorld to add new Boutique Hotel Property – The new development is scheduled to open in 2021. The facility will be constructed near the golf course and adjoining facility, which recently hosted the USGA Junior Girls’ Championship. More details here.

    Central City Market – This cooperative of local makers in central Wisconsin is reimagining an 1800’s era historical building as a space for local food businesses to collaborate. Once used by Altenburg Dairy, the reimagined space will provide a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experience to the region – showcasing local food and products. The space plans to include a bakery, ice cream parlor, and test kitchen, in addition to market space (including Northern Oasis Spirits, Upstream Cider, Siren Shrub, Tapped Maple Syrup, Altenburg Dairy, Main Grain Bakery, and the Stevens Point Area Co-op).

    Fox Theater Development – After sitting vacant for more than 30 years, the Fox Theater will have a new life. Originally commissioned in 1893 by G. F. Andrae, the new space will include ‘Andrae’s Biergarten’ as well as interior event space. View a 3D rendering envisioning the new space.

    Cultural Commons – This community space located in Pfiffner Pioneer Park along the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point seeks to join the cultural influences of the community. Cultural Commons has completed the first phase of its plan. From the influence of the Native Americans who first settled here to the sister cities, including native plantings and sculpture. More details here and here. Photos and details about the layout can be found in the Interpretive Walking Tour album.

    Anniversaries/Celebrations

    Suzuki Institute celebrates 50 years  The American Suzuki Institute, the first established Suzuki Institute outside of Japan on the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point campus was planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed to 2021. The event regularly brings students and their families from all over the world. In 2019, they welcomed guests from 36 states and 6 countries.

    Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) celebrates 30 years  This successful program, founded by Dr. Christine Thomas at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1991, has become popular in more than 40 states and several Canadian provinces. Today, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman continues to inspire and educate women through hands-on workshops and events.

     

    More reasons to visit the Stevens Point Area

    Here are spots to explore, away from crowds in central Wisconsin.

    Wellness Travel - trips planned around outdoor recreation including urban recreation, unplugging, healthy foods locally sourced

    • Start your day exploring local art – from the massive 150 feet wide ‘E Pluribus Unum’ mural or the giant ‘Sand County Bench’. Then, pick up a picnic lunch from the Stevens Point Area Co-op or some Vegan comfort food from Wicked Willow, before venturing out on the Green Circle Trail. Those interested in locally sourced food can find details in the Farm Fresh Atlas, produced by the Central Rivers Farmshed. Get your farm-to-table fix at Adelante, a local food marketplace that is part coffee roastery and part community gathering space through Liberation Farmers. For more local finds, head straight to the source for brunch on the farm at Lonely Oak Farms, during the growing season. Learn more about the local makers in the Stevens Point Area – then go and meet them yourself.

    Millennial Travel - focusing on sustainable travel experiences, Insta-worthy stops and personal fulfillment 

    • For a way to experience rural America in a sustainable way, you’ll want to check out the Tomorrow River Homestead. Not a traditional vacation rental, the homestead offers a different take on lodging providing a place for artists and travelers. This property has had several former lives, from a rest home to a biker hangout. But, most recently, it has been reimagined to host artist residencies and studio space in addition to 5 bedrooms and on-site camping - the perfect unique rental for family gatherings. The home is set on a 4.5-acre lot in the center of Nelsonville, where the Tomorrow River (a class A trout stream) winds, and it’s within walking distance to the nationally known Ruby Coffee Roasters.
    • Looking for a unique way to be a part of the winemaking experience? Go behind the scenes at Rock Ridge Vineyard - and help harvest grapes in the early fall - for this one-of-a-kind experience in the Stevens Point Area. This free agritourism experience puts you in the fields where wine begins its journey at Rock Ridge Vineyard. Typically harvest begins in late August through September, but it depends on a number of factors.
    • For sustainable travel experiences, you can’t skip the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair – the nation’s longest-running event of its kind. Although you can visit their headquarters for workshops and tours throughout the year. The MREA is planning to host the 31st Annual Energy Fair, June 25-27, 2021.
    • For Insta-Worthy spots in the Stevens Point Area, check out our lists including the top 10 insta-worthy spots, along with restaurants and sunsets.

    Inclusive and Accessible – itinerary ideas for multicultural, LGBTQ+ and accessible travel

    Business/Leisure Blur – tack on an extra day to explore or turn it into a family vacation